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post Dec 30 2009, 12:31 PM
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QUOTE (Rik Veldhuizen @ Dec 30 2009, 12:09 PM) *
sorry for the confusion... smile.gif

I meant, that once I decide to build my own guitar from scratch (i.e. not using warmoth body/neck/etc.), it will be done using cheaper parts, given that it will be a practice build. Once I would get the hang of it, I'd use more expensive wood, hardware, etc.

But of course, if I would go for the Warmoth option, it would be done using some proper hardware to match the overall quality of the body and neck provided by Warmoth.


That sounds like a very wise decision!!! smile.gif My kids doesn't play the guitar though, so I have no one that can use it, if I build one... sad.gif

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post Dec 30 2009, 01:38 PM
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OK, sorry I'm a bit late to this one!!! smile.gif

First off, having the right Tools is essential. This doesn't mean that you need to go and buy a complete Workshop set of Tools though!
You can get by with just a few tools as long as you don't mind putting in the time!
My very first build was done with a Saw, some chisels, some files, a plane and a borrowed router. Not a lot more than that but it did take a heck of a long time to finish! (About 6 months from start to finish!)
I also had a lot of advice from a friend who knew what they were doing which proved to be invaluable!
I would recommend doing a 'cheap' practice run first. Even if you just get a sheet of MDF from a hardware store and cut out, shape and rout 2 or 3 practice ones. You can even build a neck this way to practice too!

Going the Warmoth route is a great idea for a first time. The quality of their products is superb. You will end up with an instrument that would have cost 2x to get custom made. Actually assembling a Guitar from parts is a LOT easier than crafting them and you only need a basic set of tools!!! biggrin.gif (Screwdrivers, Spanners and a couple of Soldering Irons!)
You will still end up with a unique guitar as you can specify what woods, finish and routing you want. Admittedly it won't be a unique shape though.
I have built many, many Warmoth based instruments and never been disappointed with any of them.

HERE'S an article I wrote for the Wiki about building/assembling a Guitar!

Anything else you need, advice or whatever don't hesitate to ask me, I'll help in any way I can!
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post Dec 30 2009, 02:01 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Dec 30 2009, 01:38 PM) *
Anything else you need, advice or whatever don't hesitate to ask me, I'll help in any way I can!
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Thanks! My first step now would be to start saving up for the warmoth parts... smile.gif
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post Dec 30 2009, 02:58 PM
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I will try to build my own guitar from scratch one day but first I will graduadly learn by doing smaller projects...


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post Dec 31 2009, 06:39 PM
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QUOTE (Alexiaden93 @ Dec 29 2009, 11:20 PM) *
I believe Brian May may have some experience on this matter... wink.gif


well, that's the prime example! biggrin.gif

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post Dec 31 2009, 06:54 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Dec 30 2009, 01:38 PM) *
OK, sorry I'm a bit late to this one!!! smile.gif

First off, having the right Tools is essential. This doesn't mean that you need to go and buy a complete Workshop set of Tools though!
You can get by with just a few tools as long as you don't mind putting in the time!
My very first build was done with a Saw, some chisels, some files, a plane and a borrowed router. Not a lot more than that but it did take a heck of a long time to finish! (About 6 months from start to finish!)
I also had a lot of advice from a friend who knew what they were doing which proved to be invaluable!
I would recommend doing a 'cheap' practice run first. Even if you just get a sheet of MDF from a hardware store and cut out, shape and rout 2 or 3 practice ones. You can even build a neck this way to practice too!

Going the Warmoth route is a great idea for a first time. The quality of their products is superb. You will end up with an instrument that would have cost 2x to get custom made. Actually assembling a Guitar from parts is a LOT easier than crafting them and you only need a basic set of tools!!! biggrin.gif (Screwdrivers, Spanners and a couple of Soldering Irons!)
You will still end up with a unique guitar as you can specify what woods, finish and routing you want. Admittedly it won't be a unique shape though.
I have built many, many Warmoth based instruments and never been disappointed with any of them.

HERE'S an article I wrote for the Wiki about building/assembling a Guitar!

Anything else you need, advice or whatever don't hesitate to ask me, I'll help in any way I can!
biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


+10 on this one Jones! This is exactly how I would approached the project, and You're also on spot with the Warmoth parts. I built a few guitars from different manufactorers, but no one ever came close to the Warmoth parts..... biggrin.gif

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post Dec 31 2009, 07:34 PM
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Aloha to all!
I just have to put in my two cents biggrin.gif
The itch to build a guitar may not be so much about building a great instrument...sometimes it is the journey that matters and not the destination. For the money, buying a quality instrument from an established builder is the common sense way to go wink.gif . That is the destination. If however you wish to challenge yourself, learn about building, perhaps yell and cry mad.gif and learn a thing or two (about building as well as about yourself)... well then start a project from scratch; this is the journey. The two are very different.. but both have something to offer!

I think if you try to do both at the same time... you may be disappointed cool.gif

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post Dec 31 2009, 07:55 PM
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QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Dec 31 2009, 07:34 PM) *
Aloha to all!
I just have to put in my two cents biggrin.gif
The itch to build a guitar may not be so much about building a great instrument...sometimes it is the journey that matters and not the destination. For the money, buying a quality instrument from an established builder is the common sense way to go wink.gif . That is the destination. If however you wish to challenge yourself, learn about building, perhaps yell and cry mad.gif and learn a thing or two (about building as well as about yourself)... well then start a project from scratch; this is the journey. The two are very different.. but both have something to offer!

I think if you try to do both at the same time... you may be disappointed cool.gif


Hammerhead, what are Ya doin in this thread???? I thought You were preparing the agenda for the first board meeting in the coffee-drinkers society.... laugh.gif Btw. drinking coffee and building guitars will be an excellent combination!!!!

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post Dec 31 2009, 07:57 PM
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QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Dec 31 2009, 06:34 PM) *
I think if you try to do both at the same time... you may be disappointed cool.gif

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That is sooo true!!!!!!


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Hammerhead, what are Ya doin in this thread???? I thought You were preparing the agenda for the first board meeting in the coffee-drinkers society.... laugh.gif Btw. drinking coffee and building guitars will be an excellent combination!!!!

Ha haaaaaaaa.... I am everywhere tongue.gif ANd yes building guitars and coffe go well together... now that I think on it, Coffee goes well with everything! Our new Lobby platform " Play guitar faster NOW... Drink Coffee!!! laugh.gif


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